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Horror Stories – No People

OR Hello? Anybody? No, I don’t mean the Zombie Apocalypse has rendered the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) an imploded pile of rubble. Of course, your mind went there. This is a specific recurring nightmare, keeping hiring managers and HR departments awake with cold sweats. Where have all the IT experts gone? You can’t get good help these days […]

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Horror Stories – No Electricity

OR Pitch Black Electricity is like oxygen. You don’t think about it until you aren’t getting any. Sure, you have surge protectors, lightning arrestors, and uninterrupted power supplies, but that only keeps you going for the short term. Ask Montreal or New York what it was like to have NO electricity, at all, in the house or in […]

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Horror Stories – No Internet

OR Offline, No One Can Hear You Scream The Cloud! How convenient! Our email and files are always available, 100% of the time. The lowered costs of Dedicated Internet Access has afforded even small businesses redundant Internet connections from a phone carrier, cable company, wireless provider, or satellite. But what would happen to business and society as a […]

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Cybersecurity Basics – Tech Lords

OR My Other Car is a Police Call Box This three-part series covers the basics of cybersecurity for three different user levels. The final entry speaks to the administrators, the technical gurus that keep data flowing and businesses running. What wisdom can possibly be imparted upon such tech heads that they don’t already know? There is always more […]

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Cybersecurity Basics – Daily Users

OR Don’t Develop a Case of the Mondays This three-part series covers the basics of cybersecurity for three different user levels. Last week I spoke to the novice. Today’s entry is for daily computer users. You use a computer, tablet, or mobile device for work, school, or home. You can manage regular tasks and can sometimes resolve your own […]

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Cybersecurity Basics – Novice

OR Grandma’s Got a Brand New Smart Bag This three-part series covers the basics of cybersecurity for three different user levels. The first is the novice technologist – those who wouldn’t use the technology if it wasn’t so darn convenient. The next category is the daily user – you check you phone when you wake up and […]

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Phish Phinding (and Avoidance)

OR You Think I’m Gonna Bite That? Phishing, Smishing, Vishing – Sounds like a Lewis Carroll nursery rhyme.  Learn to identify and avoid these all too common hacks to keep your identity, your data, and your money safe!  Phishing For Phools – Phishing attempts are those annoying emails that appear to be legit, but in […]

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Password Intervention

OR No Hate Mail, Please – You Need To Hear This Julian Assange. Colonial Pipeline. Edward Snowden. What do they all have in common? All involved the compromise of weak passwords and little social engineering.  I Know Your Password – Comedian Michael McIntyre nailed it. You’ve likely taken a capitalized dictionary word, added a number then an (!). If that resembles […]

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The End of Email?

OR What Have You Done For Me Lately? 90% of breaches start with a phishing email.  Some reports say half of all the world’s bandwidth is wasted on the transmission of spam and phishing email.  Imagine being in a sports car on the interstate and every other vehicle is a garbage truck…in every lane. Dear […]

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Ransomware Survival – Part 3 Aftermath

OR Live, Work, but Don’t Repeat I had to plug in my Serious Keyboard for this post. When the dust settles and some semblance of normal has returned, it is time to understand what happened, how it happened, and how to prevent or mitigate a repeat.  However, many small to medium businesses are not so […]

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